The Dynamic Datacenter Solution includes a service-oriented infrastructure (SOI) based on standardized NetApp hardware that allows users to deploy storage, networking components, and compute resources in a repeatable manner. The second of the product's three components is a service management framework that provides processes and best practices to help manage the infrastructure and reduce fixed costs wherever possible. The last component is a delivery methodology that leverages NetApp professional services and systems integrator partners to deploy a service-oriented infrastructure.
NetApp also introduced a Fast-Start Customer Workshop, a two- to four-day program aimed at helping users develop a plan for deploying the NetApp cloud-based storage infrastructure. The workshops will evaluate user requirements and decide which technology is best for each situation.
NetApp also introduced the DS4243 disk shelf, which allows users to mix serial-attached SCSI (SAS) and serial ATA disk drives (SATA) for up to 24TB in 4U (7-in) enclosure. By offering both high-performance SAS and higher capacity, but slower performing SATA drives, users can create a tiered storage infrastructure within a single disk array enclosure.
"Today's announcements truly usher in a new era and way of doing business for NetApp," NetApp's CEO Tom Georgens said in a statement.
"We really see this announcement as the next major phase in transforming customer's datacenters. Two years ago, we saw phase one happen around virtualization. The next big phase is moving toward service oriented IT infrastructures, or what a lot of people are euphemistically calling cloud," said Rogers.